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3rd Division fires rocket barrages and First United States Army Infantry advances through German towns east of Inde River

Activities of First United States Army pressing eastward in Germany during World War 2. U.S. engineers and soldiers build a bridge over the Inde River since all nearby crossings had been destroyed by retreating German forces. Army vehicles cross the completed bridge. Soldiers bring heavy artillery and adjust it. View changes to Mausbach area to the South, where rockets are launched by 3rd Armored Division toward the river. Line of 75 U.S. Army rockets seen being loaded by U.S. soldiers and then fired together. Bright flashes and smoke as rockets are fired. Tanks of the 3rd Division moving out from the town. A U.S. vehicle in the advancing column toward Gressenich is hit by German guns. U.S. Army tanks, lined up like artillery, fire on German forces at Gressenich. Continuous line of 3rd Armored Division tanks, armored vehicles, and 6x6 vehicles come to the front and advance on roads of cities and villages moving eastward, and supporting the U.S. First Army Infantry. 1st Army infantry move through Hurtgen forest near Aachen. Ruined German factory is used as an observtion base by U.S. forces to coordinate attack on Gressenich, which was captured on November 19, 1944. 3rd Armored Division tanks move into open fields to continue offensive toward Werth, with U.S. infantry soldiers staying close to tanks for cover. Soldiers carry the wounded U.S. tank commander after German counter fire hits lead U.S. tank in the column. The wounded soldier is dragged to safety. Men of U.S. Army 1st Division Infantry enter town of Werth under German mortar fire and move from house to house clearing enemy snipers and mopping up in the ruins. U.S. Army soldiers guard a column of German prisoners (POW) who surrendered in Werth. View of ruined and destroyed buildings in German towns like Hamich after defeat. U.S. Army soldiers move through the town on foot with a small church in the background. U.S. Army trucks arrive in a rubbled village with food and ammunition for the offensive drive toward the Ruhr.

Date: 1944, November
Duration: 4 min 54 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
1st Infantry and 3rd Armored Division advance toward Mausbach and 104th Infantry Division advance on Stolberg in Germany.

Activities of American First Army in its invasion of Germany during World War 2. Animated map shows 1st Army moves into the direction of Cologne plain east of the Hurtgen Forest for invasion into Germany. 1st Infantry and 3rd Armored Division move to Mausbach and 104th Division move to Stolberg on November, 16. Two barrage balloons manned by the British on outskirts of Aachen are seen rising up from the ground to be floated eastward marking the line of the German enemy positions. Aerial view of Allied bomber aircraft, both American and British, dropping fragmentary and incendiary bombs on Duren. Reconnaissance group of the 104th Division readies for drive through Stolberg. They are seen removing camouflage from vehicles, and watching the skies for completion of the Allied aerial bombardment of the forward target. 104th Division recon group seen holding a briefing and studying map. U.S. Army infantry advance through a forest area, while assault guns of the 3rd Armored Division cover their movement. Result of German counter fire: Casualties are evacuated from a demolished Allied batallion command post near Stolberg. Wounded American soldiers carried on stretchers and the town's civilians receive first aid.

Date: 1944, November 16
Duration: 3 min 27 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. army cameraman operates camera in U.S. 3rd Armored Observation Post in Mausbach, Germany during World War II.

U.S. soldiers in Mausbach, Germany during World War II. Cameraman with long lens on Eyemo shoots from U.S. 3rd Armored OP (Observation Post) in old factory building. Terrain as seen from OP. U.S. soldiers with radio in jeep. Ruined building used as observation post. Soldiers enter the building.

Date: 1944, November 18
Duration: 2 min 3 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
German Allied Military Government agents distribute food and refugees return to the city of Aachen in Germany.

Activities of American First Army from Aachen to Röhr River in Germany (misspelled as "Roer" on film opening credits). Aerial view of city of Aachen heavily bombed. St Mary's Church is seen, damaged. Rubble of houses, rail centers, electric power plant, and Natural Gas facilities in Aachen. German Allied Military Government agents establish orders and hang the sign board of 'Mines Cleared to Rubble' on pole. They supervise crews clearing debris. Soldier brings out city's telephone diagram from hidden place. German Allied Military Government agents distribute food retrieved from hidden stores outside of town. Citizens are seen carrying food and smiling. Refugees return to the city. Sign of 'Mausbach'. U.S. Army 3rd Armored Division for the first time since D-Day gets relaxation time. Smiling Army soldiers in a chow line. 3rd Armored Division troops eat a hot meal on outskirts of Aachen. Military vehicles go towards rest center and enter into 'Hotel Koener'. Soldiers carrying their belongings climb stairs up. View of smoke rising from targets of U.S. Army artillery fire. A church steeple is shown consumed in flames. (World War II period).

Date: 1944, October 22
Duration: 2 min 38 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American advance in France and belgium is stopped by German counterattack in December 1944. U.S. loses 78 thousand troops.

Germans smash into the U.S. First Army positions along a 45 mile front and advance deep into Luxemburg and Belgium, in Battle of the Bulge. Animated maps show Germany, France and Belgium. German Tiger tanks, troops, and artillery in action against Americans. Vehicles of United States convoy wrecked and burning along road, as German troops advance past the burning vehicles. Fire and smoke rise from U.S. tanks, jeeps and trucks. Germans firing and bombing. U.S. soldiers captured. Frozen dead bodies of U.S. soldiers, victims of the Malmedy massacre, some with hands and feet tied, being placed army truck. Dead bodies of Belgian civilians being placed in large common grave . View of German officer ordering a firing squad to shoot. German troops smoke American cigarettes taken from dead U.S. troops. American troops in retreat and burning and destroying war materiel that could not be brought with them. American defenders firing artillery, including antiaircraft guns fired level, as antitank weapons. Skies streaked with contrails and dog fights between American and German airplanes. American aircraft bombing German positions after weather clears. American troops patrol in snow covered wooded areas. General Eisenhower talks with soldiers. German soldiers advancing. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians Smash Last Nazi Line." Another newspaper headline reads: "40 Jap Ships Sunk." Another reads: "3rd Army Deep in Germany." Narrator cautions against complacency, reminding of 78 thousand American soldiers lost during the Christmas holiday, in 1944. Views of dead American soldiers. Narrator offers closing public service war propaganda message: "If you have a War Job, Stick to it" and " If you Haven't, Get one!"

Date: 1944
Duration: 7 min 0 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Training film for U.S. troops with the Army of occupation in Germany after world War II

Opens with bell tolling Victory against Germany in World War II. Next, a slate reads: "Victory Leads to Peace," and a farmer is seen with cattle pulling a plow. But narrator says "the problem now is future peace," and a map of Germany is shown overlaid with "Your Job in Germany." A cartoon of a soldier is superimposed on the map, along with one of a World War 1 American soldier and a figure of possible future soldier with similar mission. Camera focuses on parts of German warplanes in a jumbled heap. Closeups of weary defeated German soldiers at end ot World War II. Glimpse of Adolf Hitler haranguing an audience from a podium. Swastika flags displayed from houses in a quaint German town. Joseph Goebbels Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda at a microphone. Glimpse of a German concentration camp. But as they appear, each of Nazi elements promptly disappear, showing the scenes without such Nazi symbols and persons. Skeleton remains of bombed buildings. Flower displays. Bucolic German countryside and quaint old villages in peaceful settings. Camera focuses on a book titled "German History." Chapter I, titled "Blood and Iron," shows Image of Otto von Bismarck. German troops march in a parade. Narrator states that "under Bismarck, the German empire was built." (He formed the German Empire in 1871, unifying Germany with himself as Imperial Chancellor, while retaining control of Prussia at the same time.) The film shows mounted German lancers as it alludes to Bismarck's campaigns against Denmark in 1867; Austria in 1866; and France, in 1870. Germany's leaders celebrating its status, in 1871, as the mightiest power in Europe. Troops marching and girls dancing nearby. Farmers plowing field with a horse and cow. Classic peaceful rural alpine scenes with local people in agricultural pursuits. A group of local musicians playing folk music as village people dance outdoors. Back to the book, Kaiser Wilhelm II is shown on Chapter 2, entitled: "Deutschland über Alles." Gathering of German soldiers in Pickelhaube (spiked helmets). A German Big Bertha howitzer firing. German troops marching against Serbia; Russia; and France (with view of war torn French cathedral). German invasion of Belgium (with view of clock tower resting in rubble). German troops seen in Italy, walking past battle-damaged buildings. German Zeppelin dropping bombs on Britain and view of bombed out London neighborhood. Next scene shows a capsized ship with survivors running across its hull. It is labeled United States it is a U.S. ship attacked by Germany. (Actually, it is the Austro-Hungarian Battleship, SMS Szent Istvan, torpedoed, by Italian torpedo boats, during World War One.) Next, American soldiers are seen going "over the top" on the western front of World War 1. Glimpse through a window of Kaiser Wilhelm II, after defeat of Germany, in 1918. View of Germans in a Beer Garden. Picturesque view of German town. A German orchestra performing. American soldiers marching out of Germany, with flags waving. Back to the history book,as chapter III is revealed, entitled "Today Germany, tomorrow, the world,"and featuring Adolf Hitler. German troops invading Austria (where a civilian lies dead on the ground). German troops entering Czechoslovakia (where local people in tears render the Nazi salute). They march into Poland (where a girl weeps over someone, not seen, on the ground). They march into France (where a wounded, bandaged child cries in a bed). Next, is a scene from England, where a child victim of bombing lies dead in the remains of a shelter. German troops invading Norway, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg and Russia (where a woman tries to arouse another dead woman). They invade Yugoslavia (where women sit near coffins of children) and Greece (where a woman rescues a naked child). A U.S. merchant ship explodes after being torpedoed by a German submarine (unseen). Scenes of destruction with people plucking dead victims from rubble of buildings. American troops invading Normandy, France on D-day, June 6, 1944. Several American soldiers fall to German gunfire on the beach. Wounded American soldiers being transported in jeeps on the battlefield and being placed on landing craft for evacuation. Americans walking past huge piles of destroyed aircraft parts. A landing craft filled with wounded American soldiers. American wounded and dead on a battlefield. Sailors abandoning a burning American ship by jumping into the sea. A sailor picked up in a life boat. A wounded American being dragged from the beachhead at Normandy. Various wounds being treated by U.S. Medical Corps personnel. More scenes of American wounded being moved on stretchers. Scene shifts abruptly to German people folk dancing. Film concludes with question marks about the future.

Date: 1945
Duration: 7 min 24 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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